Qormi Daikin 4 – 2 Sliema Hotsticks

Sparks fly whenever these two sides meet and today was no exception. After a studious start by both sides, when close man to man marking produced disjointed moves in midfield, no team gained the upper hand.

On 17 minutes the game suddenly came to light when Hotsticks were awarded a penalty stroke which they netted from the spot to send his team 1–0 up. Qormi reacted strongly winning two penalty corners on 22 minutes and only being denied thanks to some timely saves by the Hotsticks custodian. On 30 minutes Zachary DeGiovanni scored as a result of a penalty corner action to equalize for Qormi. Just before the half time whistle blew Qormi were awarded a penalty stroke for a foul in the Dee on Keith Bajada, and Keith Calleja drove home from the spot to send his team into a 2-1 lead.

Barely a minute into the second half, Steve Tanti, Qormi’s skipper, blasted home to send his team into a 3-1 lead. Qormi continued to dominate at this stage, but Hotsticks true to their salt, fought back and pressed hard to claw back into the game. On 57 minutes they were awarded avery dubious penalty stroke and the Sliema player converted from the spot to reduce Qormi’s lead to 3–2. On 60 minutes they were denied an equaliser when Joseph Cuschieri saved a certain goal when he pushed the ball off the dreaded line with his goalkeeper well beaten. Hotsticks continued to apply pressure but Qormi fell deep into defence to fend off their insistent attacks depending on fast counter attacking moves. On 65 minutes Qormi were awarded a penalty corner and Zachary DeGiovanni was first to follow up a rebound and scorefor a 4–2 victory.

Starting Line Up: S.Mifsud, J.Williams, J.Aquilina, A.Cauchi, J.Sarcia, J.Cuschieri, Z.DeGiovanni, K.Calleja, T.DeGiovanni, K.Micallef, A.Falzon.

Subs: J.Farrugia, K.Grixti, K.Bajada, S.Dimech, S.Tanti

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